Since Apple took over Beats by Dre, they have done a recommendable job with the distinctive design and branding of its headphones. The company has been so effective with their branding and marketing that one can’t ignore the legions of people rocking Beats by Dre gear and accessories. From the aesthetic front, the company is winning as their headphones are pleasing to look at. No wonder they are attracting the younger and cooler consumers. On the flip side, the studio-line of over the ear headphones are yet to win over the more mature and experience audiophile audience.
It may be due to this that Apple released the new Studio3 wireless headphones with active noise canceling. The headphones are also equipped with Apple’s W1 chip. This chip enables the headphones to seamless pair with your Bluetooth devices. We got our hands on a pair and here is all we need to know about the Beats Studio 3 wireless headphones.
What Is In The Pack
- Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones
- Carrying Case
- 3.5mm RemoteTalk Cable
- Universal USB charging cable
The Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones are made of a soft, matte plastic. This makes the headphones feel really smooth when you hold them. Beats aimed to outdo their competition in terms of comfort as the plush ear cups are really comfortable and can be worn for quite some time without hurting your ears.
The headphones fold into a small compact shape that makes them portable. The adjustable headband and hinges are the only visible metal parts. It should be noted that the headband is also made of a rigid plastic. This makes it somewhat uncomfortable to use the headphones for extended periods of time. In a move to counter the rigidness of the plastic, Apple does give users a hard shell carrying case to ensure you don’t break the Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones.
Connection and performance
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones have a few buttons. The power button is on the right ear cup while the rest are on the left side. When you click the “b” logo on the left, the headphones will pause or play music. Clicking the button twice will skip to the next song and three times take it back to the previous song. Above and below the “b” logo is where you’ll find the volume up and volume down controls. Though, there’s no marking to distinguish that they’re even there. You should pay attention to the plastic sticker that’s there. If you rip it off without reading, you’ll be left to figure it out on your own.
On the bottom of the left ear cup is the 3.5mm input. This is where you can plug in the audio cable. The cable comes equipped with a mic and remote so you don’t need to rely on the buttons. The right ear cup has five small LED lights that let you know roughly how much battery is left. The lights are located next to the power button. You can activate and disable the active noise canceling by double tapping the power button. At the very bottom is a micro USB port that can be used to charge the headphones.
The Beats studio 3 wireless headphones have Class 1 Bluetooth and Apple’s very own W1 chip, which makes connecting to your source device easily. If you own any Apple device, you’ll be able to automatically use these headphones with any of your Apple devices without repairing them. Android users will have to pair with the headphones through the Bluetooth settings. Even for Android users, the process is pretty seamless. Apple has emphasized that the Bluetooth connection will remain strong regardless of the operating system.
The active noise canceling feature can be activated and disabled in two ways: one is by clicking the power button twice, and the other is using the Bluetooth settings app on iOS. Android users don’t have this option. It helps that the Beats studio 3 wireless headphones have the feature activated by default.
How long do they last?
Apple claims that the Beats studio 3 wireless headphones have a battery life of 22 hours with active noise canceling turned on. When this feature is turned off, the headphones have a battery lifespan of about 40 hours.